Published as a contribution to the Migration Policy Practice, this paper focuses on the impact of COVID-19 on migrant and displaced children. The pandemic creates an additional layer of challenges for poor and rich countries alike, impacting their health, education, protection and overall well-being. The paper provides concrete examples demonstrating how uprooted children can be protected in the time of COVID.
This report illustrates how in many countries around the world, internally displaced children persistently lack access to basic services, such as the right to education, health, protection and non-discrimination. The report provides detailed recommendations and examples of how to ensure internally displaced children’s protection, and how best to provide them with a fair chance in life.
This document contains quick tips for decision-makers and practitioners working on the response to the COVID-19 crisis in countries with migrant, refugee or internally displaced children and families. It provides practical guidance at a glance about the type of things that need to be done to ensure that these children are fully considered when preparing and responding to COVID-19.
This working paper explores the huge numbers of migrant and displaced children who are out of school, and how access to quality inclusive education brings major economic, social and health benefits to countries
and communities of origin and destination.
More than half of the world’s refugees are children, but displacement should not prevent any child from exercising their rights or achieving their full potential. This booklet explores some of UNICEF’s most successful programmes to support refugee girls and boys all over the world, bringing the Global Compact on Refugees to life.
Stronger hurricanes are devastating communities, uprooting lives and putting children and their families at risk. This child alert takes stock of the link between a changing climate, extreme weather events and the forced displacement of children and families in the Caribbean Small Island Developing States.
This paper explores the Global Programme Framework, which builds on existing UNICEF programming on migration, adjusts it to cover identified gaps, increase coherence and establish priorities and guiding principles, and provides guidance on UNICEF's work on global migration.
Many European governments increasingly seek to return migrant children to their countries of origin or transit, but this is often not undertaken in full accordance with international obligations on children’s rights, nor with respect for children’s best interests. This report highlights the human rights obligations and commitments of four governments.
Millions of children are “left behind” by one parent or both parents migrating to find work, continue their studies, or seek a better life. This UNICEF working paper argues that the link between child well-being, labour and migration policies needs to be clearly established to ensure children “left behind” can reach their full potential.
Immigration detention of children is never in their best interests, is a violation of their rights, and should be avoided at all costs. This UNICEF working paper looks at the negative effects of detention on children and offers recommendations for prevention.
All children, regardless of their or their parents’ refugee, temporary protection or migration status, have the right to grow up with their families. This working paper looks at why family unity needs to be at the heart of political negotiations.
Urban displacement has emerged as a new challenge in meeting the needs of internally displaced children. This report looks at key challenges on the issue.
Too many internally displaced children grow up deprived of an education and the long term opportunities it affords. This report looks at some of the challenges and offers recommendations.
More international migrants move within Africa than beyond the continent. This brochure has the latest figures on migrant and refugee populations within Africa.
By coalescing efforts and investments around the African Agenda for Action for Children and Young People Uprooted, African leaders, civil society, the private sector, multi-lateral partners and young people themselves can unlock and harness the enormous potential that lies in Africa’s children and young people.
As part of a poll conducted in September and October 2018 by UNICEF through U-Report, a social messaging tool for young people, migrant and refugee children provided insights into their experiences leaving their homes.
Recommendations for concrete actions that local actors can take – and are already taking – to advance the rights of every refugee, migrant and IDP child living under their jurisdiction.
Every day, children and families from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico leave their homes and communities to set off on the perilous journey northward. They risk their lives for the promise of a better future.
Protecting children on the move starts with better data. Read more about how UNICEF proposes better data on children.
UNICEF paints a global and regional picture of the lives of millions of children and families affected by migration.
Children and youth on the move across the Mediterranean Sea, at risk of trafficking and exploitation.
In this report that compiles good practices and solutions, UNICEF shows that protecting migrant and displaced children is right in principle and practice.